The annual Sova Staff Conference took place on the 12th October 2017. The conference is an opportunity for all staff to get together, share best practice and celebrate our achievements.

The event was hosted at The Studio in Birmingham city centre, and we were thrilled to have some incredibly inspirational speakers who gave their perspective on the conference theme of ‘change’. Included were quest speakers author Chris Moon, facilitator Simon Cottingham and Marie-Claire O’Brien from the New Leaf Initiative.

Stealing the show however were our service users and volunteers who shared their stories with us – with not a dry eye left in the house. Hearing first-hand the impact our services had had on our service users was truly humbling and we are so grateful to them all for participating on the day.

The staff conference is also the day that we present our annual Staff Values Awards. Recognised for their passion, integrity, focus and fairness, our staff are nominated by their colleagues in the run up to the event – and on the day are presented with an Award by Chief Operating Officer, Sophie Wilson. This year they were also given a copy of Chris Moon’s inspiring novel ‘One Step Beyond.’